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THUJA occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'

Image of Thuja occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cupressaceae

Botanical Name

THUJA occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Arborvitae, Tiny Tim Arborvitae

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

It is likely that no native American evergreen is more prevalent in the North American landscape. Arborvitae is a hardy pyramidal coniferous tree usually cultivated in one of its many shrubby forms. This native of eastern North America has flattened feathery sprays of soft, scale-like, medium to dark green foliage that may turn shades of green and brown in winter. The leaves emit a pungent odor when bruised. Its dense branches often curve upwards, giving mature trees a soft, attractive look. The small tan female cones are not ornamentally significant. Cultivars of many shapes, sizes, and leaf color are available, including the compact rounded 'Globosa' and the conical gold-leaved 'Rheingold'.

Arborvitae performs best in full to part sun and acidic to neutral soil with average drainage. It appreciates some protection from winter sun and wind, which can cause leaf scorch. It may also need protection from heavy snow and browsing deer. Extremely cold-hardy and highly versatile, arborvitae is an excellent choice for screens, hedges or foundation plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-60' / 0.9m - 18.3m

  • Width

    3'-25' / 0.9m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes